The Hoosiers are in Town for a Big Basketball Game? That Reminds Me…

January 7, 2013 at 12:52 am 13 comments

If you’ve seen our Jan./Feb. issue, you might’ve noticed our feature about a basketball game between Indiana and Penn State played 20 years ago next month. It’s a story I’ve long wanted to write, and I went with an oral-history format because I thought it could best be told through the voices of the people who were there. I was one of them—a sophomore with front-row seats across from the visitor’s bench. It remains the most memorable sporting event of my undergraduate career.

I had a blast putting the story together, talking to the coaches, players, fans, and even the mascot who were there that night—I hope to run a post later this week updating readers on where those guys ended up. Along with those interviews, I spent a lot of time over the past few months watching and re-watching the game. Part of me wonders, every time, if this might be the time the refs get it right.

If you remember the game, you know what I’m talking about. Regardless, I thought it was essential to share that footage—particularly the exhilarating, heartbreaking moments at the end of regulation. Below, in a roughly seven-minute clip, you’ll find most of the final minute of the second half. My apologies for the 15 seconds of nothing around the 3-minute mark; my video-editing skills are rudimentary at best.

Did I mention that a top-5 Indiana team visits Penn State Monday night? I’ll be there, rooting once again for the upset—and for the refs to keep their eyes open.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Aaron (@posas13)  |  January 7, 2013 at 2:02 am

    THANKS for posting. Can we move back to Rec Hall?

  • 2. Steve '69 in VA  |  January 7, 2013 at 11:12 am

    One of the first examples of the big 10 saying to us, “welcome to the big 10 … don’t expect to win very often if we have anything to say about it!” … surprise that sentiment still applies! Just ask the replay official in the Nebraska game … even newcomer Nebraska is treated better than us, ha!

  • 3. Dennis  |  January 7, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I was at that game, drove up from Pittsburgh. Unbelievable atmosphere and great game. Crowd was electric. Always questioned why refs let the students stand so close to the end lines. IU had a really tough time keeping John Amaechi out of the paint and he burned us several times.

    One of the best games I’ve ever seen live. Thanks for posting the clip

  • 4. Donna  |  January 7, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Now I feel old… :-). Great memories!!!

  • 5. Anthony Demangone  |  January 7, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    I’m angry now for two reasons.

    1. I jumped up in my dorm after the Bartram “foul” smashing my head into the loft above me. My head aches now, in that same spot.
    2. It took years of therapy to erase the memory of that highway robbery. Now that money is wasted.

  • 6. Hoops McGee  |  January 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    That abomination known as the Jordan Center need to be torn down, and hoops need to move back to Rec Hall.

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